Mukono Municipality Lawmaker Hon. Betty Nambooze has challenged Forum for Democratic Change’s Ssemujju Ibrahim Nganda to apologize to his seniors.
Speaking while appearing on NBS Television Frontline, Nambooze pledged her support but accused Ssemujju for making a blander to declare his candidature for speakership before to talking to his comrades in the struggle.
Among the people Nambooze wants Ssemujju to apologize to include his party president Hon. Patrick Amuriat Oboi, National Unity Platform’s Kyagulanyi Robert Ssentamu and Democratic Party’s Norbert Moa.
“I can’t fail to support Ssemujju Nganda’s candidature. However, he needs to apologize to Amuriat, Mao, and Kyagulanyi. He can’t declare his candidature and inform them later.” Betty Nambooze said.
Speaking on the same show, Ssemujju Nganda noted that he has never been given feedback in regard to his ambitions to take on the speaker’s office.
“A month later, no other political party has replied to my letter (showing interest in the Speakership race) except FDC.” Ssemujju said.
It should be noted that the Opposition Chief Whip and Kira Municipality MP, while launching his bid for the speaker’s seat at a hastily organised press conference in the precincts of Parliament, Ssemujju listed five attributes that he believes will guide the MPs in the election of the speaker.
He explained that MPs want a speaker who will be impartial while presiding over parliament, a speaker who will be accessible to all, a speaker who will distribute available opportunities in Parliament equally, a speaker who will not take offence when criticized for the good management of Parliament and a speaker who will not personalize the office.
“I’m going to be a speaker for every Member of Parliament and ill handle disagreements with colleagues and other subordinates who serve us in parliament in the most professional and dignified manner possible,” said Ssemujju at the start of March.
When quizzed on whether he is the opposite choice for speaker Ssemujju stated that he is not claiming to be an opposition candidate but a speaker for all.
He never the less revealed that he has written to the presidents of all opposition political parties in Parliament informing them of his bid and reminding them that the opposition cannot just sit back and watch as the NRM tussles it out for the top job in the house.
Ssemujju disclosed that he will be talking to each MP-elect of the 11th Parliament during his campaign and will soon traverse the country to market his bid for Parliament’s top job. He states that those who are supporting his campaign are a mix of MPs from both sides of the aisle and that there are a few names in his camp that will surprise the public.
Ssemujju says that he has the experience to steer the house having covered Parliament as a journalist for ten years and serving as an MP for two terms. He recently won his third in parliament as the Kira municipality legislator.
He says during his tenure as MP he has been entrusted with several leadership roles including as chairperson of the committee on Commissions Statutory Authorities and State Enterprises which he says is a similar role as a speaker.
The contest for speaker has already bred animosity between the two front runners including the incumbent speaker, Rebecca Kadaga and her deputy Jacob Oulanyah. Their rivalry and dislike for each other have often played out publicly and the vote for speaker is expected to be a heated affair.
In 2011, Ssemujju resigned from his journalism assignments to contest the parliamentary seat of Kyadondo County East. He ran on the Forum for Democratic Change (FDC) political party platform and won. In February 2016, general elections, Kira Municipality was elevated to a full parliamentary constituency after being curved out Kyaddondo East.